Yonker‘ Free Pre‘‘ MONDAY MARCH 16, 2020 - BRIAN HARROD PUBLISHER Afya, a Yonkers-based nonprofit which delivers medical supplies to underserved locations globally, has formed a partnership to assist New York Federally Qualified Health Centers in Westchester County and New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. AFYA In Yonkers plies to support their ability to deliver health emergencies in many places primary and diagnostic care to their near and far. Now it is our time, in To Provide Health local catchment area. New York, to respond.” “This is about AFYA’s ability to The Afya Foundation is a non- Supplies For respond to any need, anywhere,” ac- profit organization dedicated to im- cording to Danielle Butin, founder proving the health of individuals Covid-19 and CEO of The Afya Foundation, throughout the world who suffer which recovers medical supplies and needlessly due to a lack of access By BRIAN HARROD diverts them from local landfills Afya to basic medical supplies and equip- sorts and prepares the supplies for ment. shipment to many countries, from Afya collectssurplus medical sup- There is a network of Feder- Wuhan, China to Puerto Rico and the plies, hospital equipment and hu- ally Qualified Health Centers in New Bahamas. Now Afya has joined in the manitarian provisions from health York City and Westchester County domestic effort in New York. care facilities, businesses and private who have submitted lists of essential “We are helping locally where donors to support both on-going and and necessary health items that are help is needed,” Butin said. “Our disaster-related initiatives. needed to provide safe healthcare. shipments are possible because of our Since its founding in 2008, Afya The Hudson River Health Care remarkable partners, UJA- Federa- has recovered and shipped more than Center in Peekskill has agreed to tion of New York and Regeneron. seven and half million pounds of do- serve as the key donation site, and They are helping us to pack and send nated supplies to more than 72 coun- will coordinate distribution and shar- truckloads of supplies from our ware- tries. ing of supplies with other FQHCs in house to local sites in need of supplies The organization has been recog- the region. as rapidly as possible.” nized by the Greater New York Hos- Harlem United, a long-term part- “This is a call to action,” Butin pital Association, Eli Lilly, Great- ner of Afya, will receive pallets of sup- continued. “We have experienced Nonprofits and the United Nations.